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Politics in East Asia: Explaining Change and Continuity

Timothy C. Lim
Politics in East Asia: Explaining Change and Continuity
ISBN: 978-1-62637-051-7
ISBN: 978-1-62637-055-5
ISBN: 978-1-62637-429-4
2014/417 pages/LC: 2013039852
"A concise, insightful examination of evolving political structures and practices in East Asia."—Choice


This systematic, innovative introduction to the dynamic politics and political economies of China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan teaches students how to think analytically, critically, and independently about the most significant developments in the region.

The text offers in-depth coverage of the unique experiences of each country, all within the framework of an explicit comparative perspective. Throughout, the five countries are contrasted with one another to maximize opportunities for learning. Covering the intertwined issues of politics, economics, and culture, this is a book that is ideally suited for assignment in any social science course on East Asia.


Timothy C. Lim is professor of political science at California State University, Los Angeles. He is author of Doing Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Approaches and Issues.


  • Explaining Change and Continuity in East Asia.
  • From Poverty to Prosperity in One Generation: Explaining the Economic East Asian "Miracle."
  • Crisis and Malaise: Whither the East Asian Miracle?
  • Capitalism or Bust? China's Rise and North Korea's Economic Decay.
  • Political Change in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
  • Democracy After Transition: Consolidating Political Change.
  • The Prospects for Political Change in China and North Korea.
  • East Asia as the New Immigrant Frontier?
  • Conclusion.